Game 4 Recap
Game 4 of the NBA Finals was about what the Miami Heat did right. It wasn’t about Westbrook’s 45 points. And it certainly wasn’t about what the referees did or did not call. It was about Erik Spoelstra directing a game plan to shut down Kevin Durant. The result was a heavy load on Russell Westbrook, which he kept up for most of the game. But when it mattered most, he could not overcome the pressure from the Miami Heat defense and a noisy arena!
LeBron with 26 points, Wade 25, and Bosh with 13. But the credit goes to our point guards: Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. Super Mario gave us a lift when we needed it most, making clutch shot after clutch shot. And rookie Norris Cole, who looked like the 4th member of Bell Biv Devoe, came in with intensity and energy.
It ends in Game 5
As fans we were celebrating two days early, but there were few smiles from this Heat team after the game. The post-game interviews started with Spo’, then Chalmers, Bosh, Wade, and finally Lebron—all with the same demeanor: all business. They referenced a team effort. Hard work. Playing through pain. And getting what they sought out: a championship. No other team has ever come back from a 3-to-1 deficit before, but this series is not over yet. The NBA is about momentum, a lesson we learned last year. With LeBron at the lead, we will stay focused until the final whistle.
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